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Buhari Orders Fugitive Maina’s Disengagement From The Civil Service, As Osinbajo Orders EFCC To Fish Him Out

As embarrassment swept through Nigeria’s political leadership over the scandal in which Abdulrasheed Maina, a fugitive former federal official who was declared wanted somehow regaining a top position in the civil service, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered his disengagement, according to a tweet by spokesman Femi Adesina.


The tweet read: “PMB orders immediate disengagement of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina from service. Asks for a full report on circumstances of his recall.”
Vice-President Yemi Osibajo, seen at the Murtala Muhammed Airport on his way out of the country to Indonesia, reportedly chimed in by ordering the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure that the man is fished out. 
The orders arrived after the EFCC declared a manhunt for Mr. Maina following a Premium Times revelation at the weekend that the former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms had been readmitted into the civil service to head the human resources department of the Interior Ministry.


Before he chaired the Task Team, Maina had been an assistant director in that ministry.  He was dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission in 2013 on the recommendation of the Office of the Head of Service, following a N100 billion pension fraud scheme he was alleged to have headed and was subsequently declared wanted by the EFCC. 
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